Most of the low-carb crowd does their damnedest to behave themselves, and they encourage each other to stick to the straight and narrow. They carry real butter to the cooking stations and ask the dining-room and kitchen staffs to please only use fresh real eggs -- none of that stuff that comes in cartons! They ask what's in the sauces, and make sure the waiter doesn't come near the table with the bread-basket.
Who would expect a cruise ship -- epitome of self-indulgence and non-stop partying -- to be a kind of boot-camp for the food-serious? ...But it IS.
Our family was fortunately at our own table -- we would have been a HORRIBLE influence! ;-) Of course, it doesn't matter -- those people are hard-core. They work REALLY hard to do it right. Ya know how the young primals who hang out at the gym sneer at all those old, fat, middle-aged, red-faced, wind-broken "losers"? No way on god's earth are the former as mentally strong or as full of character as most of the low-carb cruisers i saw!
We're talking about people with a history of serious illness, of decades of struggling with overweight by doing exactly what EVERYONE told them was how to be fit and healthy ... you know, the low-fat LIES we grew up and grew old with!
There were several young families, too -- slim, vibrant people with bright-eyed, nice, smart kids. There were quite a few folks who look quite young until you get close to them; more than one of the speakers looked like "babies" from a distance, but their intelligence and experience shine out along with the faint sheen of silver in their hair....
I and my husband are, in fact, very poor representatives of this community. We drink, we indulge in
"evil" goodies (we consider the brakes off, in holiday situations like this) -- we misbehave outrageously! Our hats are off, though, to our "colleagues" who are so dedicated to their lifestyles and goals even during what may be a trip-of-a-lifetime to them!